By Dominic Toner
Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton is convinced the make-up of the team will start to take shape in the next two matches ahead of their Euro campaign.
New boss Brendan Rodgers will take his first competitive match next week against either Lincoln Red Imps FC (Gibraltar) or Tallinn FC Flora (Estonia) in a Champions League qualifier first-leg.
Bitton told the Celtic website: “The next two matches before the Champions League qualifiers will be more crucial for us and how we want to play and how we look like as a team.”
The Scottish champions play friendlies against Olimpija Ljubljana on Wednesday and then Maribor on Saturday before the decisive European fixtures.
Celtic are undefeated in their first two friendlies of the summer following up a 2-2 draw with NK Celje with a 1-0 victory over Sturm Graz thanks to a Charlie Christie goal.
Bitton believes: “These kinds of games are just about getting fitness and it’s not more than that. As we get on to the next matches, it will be more tactical and technical.”
The 24-year-old defensive-midfielder has been with Celtic since 2013 and has featured in over 100 games in all competitions since then, earning himself Scottish Premiership medals in that time.
The Israeli international has been a regular in his national side since breaking through the youth levels.
In the wake of Rodgers’ appointment, Bitton has expressed his desire to prove himself to the new manager rather than leave the club.
In other Celtic news, midfielder McGregor explains what has gone up a level since the arrival of Rodgers.